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‘Empire’: Skylan Brooks & Meta Golding To Recur On Season 5

  • Deadline
‘Empire’: Skylan Brooks & Meta Golding To Recur On Season 5
Skylan Brooks (The Get Down) and Meta Golding (Behind the Movement) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming fifth season of Fox’s hit musical family drama Empire.

Brooks will play Quincy, a young man wrongly incarcerated who develops a relationship with Andre (Trai Byers). Golding will portray Teri, the mother of wrongfully incarcerated Quincy (Brooks). She is a heartfelt beauty who works with Andre (Byers) while they fight to free her son.

Empire, created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, hails from Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV. Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Dennis Hammer, Matt Pyken and Diane Ademu-John executive produce. Brett Mahoney is executive producer and showrunner.

Brooks, one of the breakout stars of Netflix’s The Get Down, plays Chubs in The Darkest Minds opposite Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore. His other credits
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Darkest Minds Review #2: Ya Thriller Falls Short of Its Own Potential

Darkest Minds Review #2: Ya Thriller Falls Short of Its Own Potential
The Darkest Minds is an exploration of a dystopian society in which its government and adults fear children and teenagers who have developed superhuman powers after surviving a highly contagious disease. While the movie itself is a long way from being considered as strong as titles like The Hunger Games, it does provide an intriguing and compelling look at many topical issues surrounding our society while introducing fantasy and science fiction elements.

The film practically smacks its audience in the face with topical themes such as the importance of equality in the face of difference, dangers of intolerance and the prevalence of government propaganda. While these topics are important to explore and represent in film, particularly in the dystopia this films creates, making the audience work-even just a little bit- to discover the themes is a much more rewarding experience.

Other themes, however, were much more subtle, to the point
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Movie Review – The Darkest Minds (2018)

The Darkest Minds, 2018.

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

Starring Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie and Bradley Whitford.

Synopsis:

Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future.

The live-action feature debut of Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3) is destined to be remembered as one of 2018’s most baffling major theatrical releases. An adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s 2012 young adult novel, The Darkest Minds has the unmistakable whiff of a movie that was shot several years ago and, amid studio hand-wringing, has only now been dusted off and released.

In reality, however, the movie was shot last summer and its production seemed to run fairly smoothly. Fox, it appears, has produced this laughably generic sci-fi fantasy flick with a wimpering hope of rejuvenating the long-burst Ya bubble.
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'Darkest Minds' Star Skylan Brooks on How 'Get Out' Changed His Views on Representation

'Darkest Minds' Star Skylan Brooks on How 'Get Out' Changed His Views on Representation
Skylan Brooks is continuing to make moves.

The 19-year-old Los Angeles native is best known for the 2013 coming-of-age Sundance movie The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, and his role as Ra-Ra Kipling in Netflix’s ‘70s-set musical drama The Get Down. This weekend, he can be seen in theaters with The Darkest Minds, based on Alexandra Bracken’s Ya novel of the same name that's set in a dystopian universe where teens develop mysterious, powerful abilities. They are declared threats by the government and set to detainment camps. A group of them escape, including Brooks’...
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The Darkest Minds – Review

Well, we thought we were finally safe. “We” being movie audiences, in case you wondered. Just a few weeks into the new year saw the final installment of the film franchise culled from the Maze Runner book series. With Divergent and Hunger concluded long ago, the scourge of movies based on young adult novels (or a series) set in a dystopian future seems to have run its course. Looks like we were wrong. With just over a month left in the Summer blockbuster season, the folks at Fox have scooped up the film rights to yet another set of Ya novels (those things gobble up sections of chain bookstores like starving locusts). Here’s another group of plucky, photogenic teens (and pre-teens) ready to outsmart and fight the system run by the evil elders whose dark motives emanate from The Darkest Minds.

The character voice-over narrator fills us in on
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Movie Review – The Darkest Minds (2018)

The Darkest Minds, 2018.

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

Starring Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford, Patrick Gibson, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech, Wade Williams, Mark O’Brien, Wallace Langham, Golden Brooks, Catherine Dyer, and Gwendoline Christie.

Synopsis:

Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future

Amidst being on the run from various oppressive factions (as par for the course with young adult dystopian products) and searching for a sanctuary hideout, the teenagers at the center of The Darkest Minds take it upon themselves to explore a rundown abandoned mall while some annoying bubblegum pop music plays. It’s one of many moments where I realized that I probably wasn’t the target demographic for the film, but at the same time, much of what is here is a disjointed, plodding
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‘The Darkest Minds’ Film Review: Ya Tale Delivers Its Allegories With Crisp Efficiency

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‘The Darkest Minds’ Film Review: Ya Tale Delivers Its Allegories With Crisp Efficiency
Originality is overrated. A film like “The Darkest Minds,” in which children have superpowers and the government is out to get them, looks a heck of a lot like other superhero movies and Ya adaptations, and it’s loaded with a ton of on-the-nose metaphors for youthful oppression.

But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. These factors don’t keep “The Darkest Minds” from greatness; only the film’s middle-of-the-road presentation does that.

The Ya genre, especially in its leaner, cinematic form, generally lives and dies on the power of its allegories. No matter how broad, or even ridiculous, the stories become, if they reflect genuine adolescent emotions and tangible, real-world issues, they can more or less get away with anything.

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The Hunger Games” was allowed its holographic dogs because its story
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‘The Darkest Minds’ Review: Amandla Stenberg Shines In the Kind of Ya Film They Don’t Make Anymore (For Good Reason)

‘The Darkest Minds’ Review: Amandla Stenberg Shines In the Kind of Ya Film They Don’t Make Anymore (For Good Reason)
In 2015, the four-film “Hunger Games” series wrapped its billion-dollar run with one final film, the bulkily-titled “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two.” It may have been the lowest-grossing entry in the series, but it still managed to make over $280 million at the domestic box office, the kind of money that similar Ya series would kill to make these days. For every “Twilight” or “Divergent” success, there’s a “5th Wave” (which made less than $35 million when it opened in 2016) or an “I Am Number Four” ($55 million) or an “Ender’s Game” ($61 million) — flops big enough to prove that the bubble of Ya films with a sci-fi twist, a dystopian setting, and a powerful lead has very much burst.

Read More: ‘The Darkest Minds’ Trailer: Amandla Stenberg Finally Gets a Dystopian Ya Series All Her Own — Watch

Which is why it’s so disconcerting that “The Darkest Minds” is hitting theaters now.
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Film Review: ‘The Darkest Minds’

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Film Review: ‘The Darkest Minds’
A disease that wipes out 98% of the world’s children. Government roundups that send the survivors to concentration-camp-like rehabilitation facilities. Heavily armed “tracers” tasked with hunting down the few who manage to escape. Despite its PG-13 rating, “The Darkest Minds” would have been one of the darkest teen fantasy thrillers ever made — if not for all the other dark teen fantasy thrillers out there these days.

What once seemed daring has become the default template for young adult fiction and, by extension, for the woefully predictable film adaptations that hope to turn these supernatural-kids-misunderstood-by-the-world stories into the next hot franchise. Based on the first book in Alexandra Bracken’s young adult trilogy and directed by “Kung Fu Panda 2” helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson, this relatively intense adolescent-focused action movie borrows nearly all its ingredients from other popular sci-fi franchises — from “X-Men” to “Stranger Things” — and doesn’t much seem to
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New teaser trailer for The Darkest Minds arrives

A new teaser trailer has arrived from Twentieth Century Fox for The Darkest Minds. The trailer focuses on the relationship of Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) and Liam (Harris Dickinson).

Adapted from Alexandra Bracken’s bestselling series of novels, the film is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. The cast includes Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech and Patrick Gibson.

Also in trailers – There are dark and desperate times in Ireland in the powerful new trailer for Black 47

The film is released August 10

The Darkest Minds Official Synopsis

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them,
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How Jennifer Yuh Nelson Used Her Animation Experience on ‘Darkest Minds’

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How Jennifer Yuh Nelson Used Her Animation Experience on ‘Darkest Minds’
Jennifer Yuh Nelson, a seasoned and bankable director in animation thanks to her work on the billion-dollar-grossing “Kung Fu Panda” franchise, has taken on her first live-action film with “The Darkest Minds,” to be released by Fox on Aug. 3. Adapted from the best-selling book by Alexandra Bracken, the first in a Ya trilogy, the film stars Amandla Stenberg in the lead as Ruby, alongside Harris Dickinson (“Beach Rats”), Miya Cech (“American Horror Story”) and Skylan Brooks (“Southpaw”).

The film, which also stars Mandy Moore and Bradley Whitford, revolves around a group of teens who mysteriously develop powerful abilities, and are declared a threat by the government and detained. It’s essentially a genre mash-up — a road movie with some sci-fi elements and lots of kinetic action.

“Jen is a badass who wants to make big, action-packed, event movies, but her artistic side always shines through,” says Jason Young, senior vice president of production at Fox.
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Sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds gets a new trailer

Ahead of its release next month, 20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for the big screen adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s bestselling series of novels, The Darkest Minds which sees Jennifer Yuh Nelson directing a cast that includes Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech, and Patrick Gibson; watch it here…

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

The Darkest Minds is set for release in in North American
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'Black-ish' Actor Miles Brown to Star in Indie 'Emmett'

'Black-ish' Actor Miles Brown to Star in Indie 'Emmett'
Black-ish star Miles Brown will lead indie coming-of-age comedy Emmett. 

Rita Wilson and Nora Dunn will also star in the feature that follows a 12-year-old genius (Brown) who teams up with his quirky Sat tutor to solve a crime and keep his family from splitting up.

Ravi Patel, Arden Myrin, Skylan Brooks and Zack Gilford round out the cast in the movie from director Bridget Stokes.

Vicky Wight wrote the screenplay and is also producing via her Six Foot Pictures banner. An Emmett companion novel from Six Foot's publishing arm is planned. 

Brown, who is repped by Osbrink and ...
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20th Century Fox Brings The Goods To CinemaCon

20th Century Fox would like to share the details from their upcoming releases that were shown at CinemaCon 2018 Presentation in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please check out the official synopses for the 2018 titles, along with some additional information right here.

DeadPool 2

Release: May 18, 2018 Director: David Leitch Produced by: Simon Kinberg, p.g.a., Ryan Reynolds, p.g.a., Lauren Shuler Donner Written by: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy.

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Miami’s hottest bartender, while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys
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The Predator And Bohemian Rhapsody Previewed At CinemaCon 2018

20th Century Fox gave the press a first look at their upcoming releases at Thursday’s CinemaCon 2018 Presentation in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The studio, soon to be a Disney property for $52.4 billion, showed footage from the films hitting theaters soon, including Bohemian Rhapsody.

But first, let’s start with everyone’s favorite superhero…

Deadpool 2

Release: May 18, 2018 Director: David Leitch Produced by: Simon Kinberg, p.g.a., Ryan Reynolds, p.g.a., Lauren Shuler Donner Written by: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy. After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Miami’s hottest bartender, while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas,
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The Darkest Minds (2018) Movie Trailer: The Government is Afraid of Super-powered Teens

The Darkest Minds Trailer

Jennifer Yuh Nelson‘s The Darkest Minds (2018) movie trailer stars Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson, and Skylan Brooks. The Darkest Minds‘ plot synopsis: based on the book by Alexandra Bracken, “When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old [...]

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Amandla Stenberg starts a revolution with some impressive superpowers in trailer for The Darkest Minds

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Twentieth Century Fox have unleashed the first look trailer for Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s The Darkest Minds featuring Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore.

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, also stars Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech and Patrick Gibson, and is adapted from Alexandra Bracken’s bestselling series of novels.

Also in trailers – Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in creepy first trailer for The House with a Clock in its Walls

The film hits cinemas August 10.

The Darkest Minds Official Synopsis

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance,
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Trailer: The Darkest Minds

In a world where adults have betrayed them, running is not enough

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realises that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

The Darkest Minds, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, stars Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech and Patrick Gibson, and is adapted from Alexandra Bracken’s bestselling series of novels.
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First poster and trailer for The Darkest Minds starring Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for The Darkest Minds, director Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s bestselling series of novels, which sees Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore leading a cast that also includes Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech and Patrick Gibson. Check it out below, along with the poster, synopsis and first look images…

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When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

The Darkest Minds
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First trailer & poster for ‘The Darkest Minds’

Twentieth Century Fox have released the first trailer for The Darkest Minds, which stars Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech and Patrick Gibson. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, The Darkest Minds is adapted from Alexandra Bracken’s bestselling series of novels.

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

The Darkest Minds arrives in UK cinemas on August 10th.
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